The Music Victoria Awards to return this year, new categories announced

The Music Victoria Awards to return this year, new categories announced

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Words by Kate Streader

Submissions for the 2020 Music Victoria Awards are now open.

The annual Music Victoria Awards, formerly The Age Music Victoria Awards, will return for its 16th year during Melbourne Music Week 2020. Despite the COVID-19 crisis bringing live music to a standstill, the Victorian music community will still come together to recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements within the industry.

This year’s iteration of the awards also sees Music Victoria introducing three new and updated categories. The Outstanding Woman in Music award looks to highlight the achievements of women on stage and behind the scenes, with industry, management and crew all eligible for the new category, as voted by the Music Victoria Board.

The 2020 Music Victoria awards will also feature a new industry-voted category for Best Producer, as well as merging the Best Male and Best Female Musician categories to become the public-voted award for Best Musician.

The timeline for eligible Best Album, Song and individual genre categories has also been altered to align with the past financial year, meaning that all nominated music must have been released between September 1 2019 and June 30 2020. Any music released past July 1 will be considered for the 2021 awards.

Submissions are only open to Music Victoria members, who are able to nominate themselves or their favourite artists, venues and festivals. This year’s nominees will be announced in October.

“It’s been an incredibly tough year for the industry, but also a year where community spirit, ingenuity, and resilience have really come to the fore. The Victorian music community has so much to be proud of, and I encourage everyone to get involved with the Awards through submissions, voting and the event itself,” said Music Victoria Awards Event Producer, Laura Imbruglia.

Submissions are open until 5pm Monday July 20. For more information, visit the Music Victoria website

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